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Primary Hard Disk Fail

Discussion in 'PC Hardware' started by Chief Jo, Apr 26, 2004.

  1. Chief Jo

    Chief Jo Guest

    I get the message "Primary Hard Disk Fail" at bootup -- sometimes. After
    machine warms up, it boots fine. Sometimes the hard drive sounds noisy, so
    I'm due to replace it apparently. This is an old machine -- AMD K6 chip on a
    Chaintech motherboard running at around 400ghz (I think), with Windows XP,
    and it runs sluggishly pretty much all the time. 384MB memory, 40GB C drive
    with 27GB free space, but it's only Ultra DMA-33. My question is this: can I
    drop a UDMA 133 card in one of the free slots, connect a UDMA133 drive, and
    have the machine boot off that drive and designate it as the C drive? Would
    that be the best way to speed up this PC, or would that just be throwing
    good money at a lost cause? Thanks for any advice you can provide.
    -chief jo
    Chief Jo, Apr 26, 2004
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  2. Chief Jo

    RJ Guest

    Forget it. The improvement would be marginal at best.
    The only speed change will be during disk accesses, so unless
    you do things with lots of disk access it would be
    basically useless. Get something newer.
    RJ, Apr 27, 2004
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  3. Chief Jo

    Chief Jo Guest

    My hobby is burning cd's from my old LP's, and one side of an LP can be as
    large as 2GB. Cleaning up the audio really works the disk. Still think I'd
    be better off with a newer PC?
    Chief Jo, Apr 27, 2004
  4. Chief Jo

    RJ Guest

    Yes, a faster PC with more memory would access the disk a
    lot less, the virtual memory, and gve you faster disks. Cleaning up
    the audio isn't really about disk access so much as it's about
    audio processing.
    RJ, Apr 27, 2004
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